The best way to get relief from sciatica is to ease the pressure on the sciatic nerve. It is crucial to distinguish between simply relieving sciatic pain and recuperating completely by addressing the core problem.
Almost all short-term pain relief treatment is just that — short-term relief. If you don’t address the underlying cause of the sciatic pain, it can’t be remedied, and the pain will undoubtedly return. Work with your doctor to learn about treatment and long-term solutions.
Following is a list of some short-term pain relievers.
Some natural herbs are said to reduce sciatic pain and even prevent it from coming back. Some of these herbs are Arctium lappa, Devil’s Claw and Matricaria recutita. These all are said to have anti-inflammatory properties that take pressure off of the sciatic nerve by decreasing the inflammation. The jury is still out on herbal benefits, but many people report that they have been helped by using herbs.
It should be noted that herbs are medicinal, have side effects and should be used with the same care given to any prescribed or over-the-counter medication.*
Avoid sitting for extended periods of time, particularly in the same position. If it’s more comfortable for you to sit with the pain, at least get up every few minutes and stretch and move around a bit.
3. Working Out
Do a variety of stretching and low impact aerobic exercises. Avoid exercises that have jerking movements until the pain has gone away. One of the best and easiest low impact aerobic exercises you can do is walking. Start slow and pick up the pace as you improve. Water aerobics is also a great choice because it reduces stress on the joints.
While most people feel that inactivity is key when they are experiencing sciatica pain, this is not the case. It’s okay to take it easy for a day or two after an attack; however, if you remain stationary too long, your pain will get even worse. When you don’t exercise, your back muscles and spinal structure become weak. This can lead to back injury or strain, which causes even more pain. When you’re mobile, fluids and nutrients interchanged in the discs will keep them healthy, thereby preventing stress on the sciatic nerve.
4. Cold Packs
Apply a cold pack for about 10 minutes on and 10 off, 2 to 3 hours a day. This will help reduce inflammation which will relieve the pain. This works great if you use it at the onset of sciatic pain.
Apply heat to the painful area. You can use a hot pack or take hot baths regularly which will relax the tightened muscles that are putting pressure on your sciatic nerve.
6. Pain Relieving Medication
Take over the counter medication like Ibuprofen.
*This article is not intended to treat or diagnosis any illness or condition; nor is it the intent of this article to prescribe mediation of any kind. Always consult your physician before using any self-treatment techniques or medications.